Posted: February 4, 2010
By Magdalena Georgieva '10
Sarah London '10 joined the Worldwatch Institute, a research organization committed to environmentally sustainable solutions, to explore career options for after graduation. By the end of her three-month summer internship, she realized that environmental studies was really the right choice for her academically and professionally.
"I knew that this would be a great opportunity to learn about an environmental organization and gain research experience," said London, who found the position and funding for it through the Career Development Center and the Center for the Environment. The internship deepened her interest in sustainable development and encouraged her exploration of the environmental studies field.
At the institute, London assisted with research about population issues, family planning, and global warming. She got involved in writing summaries and graphing data for the organization's official reports. London spent most of her summer cowriting a piece for Worldwatch's annual publication, Vital Signs. Her article, "Health Assistance to Developing Countries Soars," examines trends in global health aid from industrial to developing countries.
"This was a tremendous experience, as I gained research and writing experience and became a published writer," said London about her piece, which was officially published and released to the press in November.
As a Worldwatch representative in Washington, D.C., London attended various events and lectures related to the organization's goals and ideals. Among the conferences she attended was "Hunger Pains: Food Security in Pakistan," which featured talks from development organizations and globally acclaimed researchers, including Zafar Altaf of Pakistan's agricultural research council (PARC) and Abid Suleri of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.
"The best part about the internship was being able to combine both my love of the environment and public health issues, researching and learning about both and their connection to one another," London said.